Color Poem [For Hyesou's Herd]
HD Video on Flat Screen TV & Felt Sculpture | (4mins) 2015
This Color Poem is part of a larger project and installation made up of charts, video and sculpture called Nomadic Glow. Nomadic Glow attempts to record—in a
deliberately limited, schematic fashion—the elaborate naming system that Mongolian nomadic herdsman use to identify each individual horse in their herd, which is
based on their nuanced perception of horse coat colors.
When visiting the Mongolian Steppe, I brought with me a range of industrial paint color chips and invited Hyesou—a local nomadic herdsman—to match the
horses in his herd through this limited selection of paint colors. The poem is the result of his selections. The voice in the video has been auto-tuned and restricted
to a color scale where color tone corresponds to musical tone.